We meet Miss Lucretia Lane as she is dressing for her marriage to Captain Francis Reynolds of the British Merchant Service. Though he loves her truly, she has severe misgivings. She goes through with the wedding in spite of this, but refuses to live with her new husband, and cannot be enticed or cajoled to do so. Then on the day the Captain is scheduled to ship out, she receives word that he has been gravely injured and his dying request is to see his wife. She flies to his side... and thus begins an adventure spanning eight years - love, loathing, shipwreck, love lost, and redemption. (Summary by P. Cunningham and Nadine Eckert-Boulet)
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January 6, 2019 Subject:
Too many slow and dull spots
The story had some interesting parts, but for long stretches it was too descriptive (ie scenery or philosophic filler)
without any action moving the story along, and became deadly dull. It could have done with some thoughtful editing prior to publication way back when. Not even Ruth Golding's brilliant reading could give the story enough lift. & my burning question... did Samuel Murdoch ever get the promised 1,500 reward?
January 20, 2015 Subject:
Abandoned,Wm. Clark Russell
I know that librivox is open to all readers, and thats very generous, but honestly, its so distractig to switch from a reader with a wonderful voice and gift of luring you ito the story with wonderful accents and voices, that I actually have to stop listening and consider, whether to finish or not. This just happened to me while listening to Abandoned, Wm. Clark Russell. I was so looking forward to the conclusion as Ruth Golding proceeded into Chapter 15, but Gary Oldman took over for the conclusion and I just could not listen another second. I prefer to imagine the ending rather than indure this fellows monosyllabic drone, as nails on a blackboard. Sorry Gary for calling you out but some of us should be listeners.
August 18, 2011 Subject:
I cannot agree with the other two reviewers. The story is interesting and combines adventure with romance. There are some mistakes in the reading, but they are not so distracting as to take away the fun from the book.
March 8, 2011 Subject:
Story 4, reading 1
This was one of the worst narrated books at Librivox I have ever listened to. Who proof listened to this. The first two narrators were good so that is how I at least got started into the book. Those two narrators along with Joshua and Ruth Golding were the only saving grace to this poorly narrated book. The rest of the readers were actually painful to listen to. The final chapter read by Gary O was terrible and he never even said the end. Fortunately the story itself was good enough and the narrators spoke clearly enough that I could tolerate the poorly narrated chapters. The best part of the story is the castaway portion and I thought was really the better part of the book. There were issues with the story itself and honestly sometimes the characters did not always have my sympathy. Personally I think Frank could have done a lot better than Lucretia. This is a good enough story I hope that maybe a re-recording of it might be done.
January 7, 2011 Subject:
Great story, less than perfect rendering...
Captain Reynolds' wife abandons him on their wedding day. He contrives to try to win her back, but alas, the fates have other plans in mind. I won't say more than that so as to not give the plot away, but this is a very sweet story with a happy ending.
Okay, now don't flame me for saying this...
As a general rule I give 4 or 5 stars to most books because they are well read and nicely done, but this book had a lot of errors in the PL which was extremely distracting. So 4 stars for the story, but maybe a little more attention to the PL next time.